NHS Strength and flexibility: calf stretch 

The NHS Strength and flexibility podcast series helps you get fit without the expense of a gym or fitness trainer. Featuring Laura from the NHS Couch to 5K programme, these podcasts talk you through a series of equipment-free exercises to improve your strength and flexibility. In the videos accompanying the podcast series each exercise is demonstrated. In this clip, Laura shows you how to do a calf stretch

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Transcript of NHS Strength and flexibility: calf stretch


If you need to, place a hand on a tree or bench for balance.

To get into position, stand tall with your feet together.

Take a step back with your left foot.

Bend your front leg and keep your back leg straight.

Both your feet and your hips should be pointing forwards.

Don't let your front knee point in or out.

To start the move, gently push your left heel into the ground,

keeping your left leg straight.

You should feel the stretch at the back of your left leg, below the knee.


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